Irene Neal Acrylic Painting on Panel "Fan Tracery"
Irene Neal (American, b. 1938)
Fan Tracery, 1994
acrylic on panel
inscribed to the verso; Irene Neal/ August 1994/ ‘Fan Tracery’
34′ × 25′
The Lucy Baker and Kenworth Moffett Collection of New New Group Painters
An acrylic painting on panel titled Fan Tracery by New New painter Irene Neal, executed in August of 1994. The rhythms and relationships of the colors, shapes and forms are inspired by the emotions invoked by the natural beauty of the earth. The shimmering tones are reminiscent of underwater bioluminescence and pearly light of the moon and the red and gold colors inspired by the warm glow of a setting sun. The spontaneous and free-form acrylic application allows the color to shape itself. Neal is often noted as a ‘process painter’ similar to process seen in Pollock’s drip phase.
Irene Neal received her B.A at Wilson College in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania in 1958. She also received education from the School of Visual Arts in Brazil (1976-77), Memphis State University (1979-80), and the University of Bridgeport (1982-83). She attend the Triangle Art Workshop in Pine Plains, NY in 1985. Member of the New New Painters, a group of artists brought together by the first curator of modern and contemporary art at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Dr. Kenworth Moffett in 1978. Her applications of acrylic gel were at the fore front contemporary art and their free form abstraction inspired by Jackson Pollock, the Abstract Expressionists, and the Color Field Painters.